Many may have initially thought it was all a part of the joke when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face for making fun of his wife during Oscars 2022, but when they found out it was not, things did not turn out to be well. While the entire Smith family had to face the repercussions, with the Academy also banning King Richard actor for an entire decade, Rock did not make many comments.
Following the incident, the comedian did make a few sly jokes about it on his year-long tour but seemingly refused to do any interviews or answer the media. Now, after almost a year, and ahead of the 2023 Academy Awards, Rock broke his silence. And when he did, he made sure to hit Will Smith back hard at the Netflix Live show. “Anybody who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” he apparently alluded to the slap in the opening moments, promising a ‘no offense to anyone’ show.
Within 24 hours of its streaming, the internet is going berserk. At the Netflix live special, Selective Outrage, Rock notably earned a plethora of whistles and gasps from the audience when he finally touched on the much-anticipated topic. “I’m not a victim, baby. You’ll never see me on Oprah or Gayle crying,” he said, creating a literal mic drop moment. “You know what my parents told me? Don’t fight in front of white people.”
The gloves finally came off 😂🥊 #ChrisRock Mic drop at the end tho 👏🏾🎤 pic.twitter.com/kp6FCzHvwt
— Aldo Lavalle (@LavalleAldo) March 5, 2023
And ever since, twitteratis are flooding the social media app with multifold comments about how they perceived the American comedian’s speech. While some sarcastically commented they are sorry that “Chris Rock COOKED Will Smith and Jada,” others laughed at what the speaker of the night brought upon the couple.
I’m so sorry but Chris Rock COOKED Will Smith and Jada pic.twitter.com/8EG4AlDiLQ
— Miscellaneous (@Snokes7) March 5, 2023
Someone call the police. Chris Rock just killed Will Smith onstage: ‘Everybody called him a bitch…but he chose to hit me. But my momma raised me: You don’t fight in front of white people’ *mic drop* It was fantastic! pic.twitter.com/eA4YoDuAPd
— Armando Valle (@ThePRGMR) March 5, 2023
Chris Rock didn't hold back on Will Smith pic.twitter.com/Ks3HMv9Gnt
— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) March 5, 2023
Chris Rock FINALLY got Will Smith ass 😭 pic.twitter.com/sIro352HmT
— nick (@kra) March 5, 2023
“Hey I was sucking somebody else’s dick? How does that make you feel?” 🤣
— Eddy “Precise” Lamarre (@Precise_Chi) March 5, 2023
Some also tweet how Will Smith would be reacting after watching the last 10 minutes of the episode.
Will Smith after watching Chris Rock show: pic.twitter.com/Dg6ZL38h9e
— i₿ou 𓃮 (@teamibou23) March 5, 2023
Will Smith after he saw the last 10 minutes of the special #ChrisRock pic.twitter.com/tGjhADus0c
— trizz (@Trizzzx_) March 5, 2023
Will Smith got 1 slap in, but Chris Rock just murdered the Fresh Prince live on Netflix and reminded everyone that he’s greatest standup comedian of all time. pic.twitter.com/RWcXtxDeM1
— One Hundred Years From Now Publishing (@hundred_from) March 5, 2023
Another one draws a conclusion about how Chris Rock waited for his moment, made money, and created history at the Netflix live special
All in all
Chris waited it out, planned and executed.
Made a few millions, created history as the first live on Netflix and he uses it to address the slap.
This was therapy for him and the tears at the end was the release.
He did it his way. #ChrisRock
— Robert (@DaRealBigDon) March 5, 2023
Furthermore, we have also covered everything you need to know about Netflix’s First Every Live Standup Comedy Global Stream.
Everything you need to know about the Netflix live special featuring Chris Rock
For the first time in history, Netflix streamed a live comedy show right from the hall of Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore featuring a Chris Rock special on March 4th. Notably, fans in 190 countries around the globe were able to catch Rock live on the OTT platform. Airing live from The World Famous Comedy Store on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, the comedian and actor Ronny Chieng hosted the pre-show with appearances from Arsenio Hall, Leslie Jones, and Deon Cole, among others.
It's #ChrisRockLive week and we're pulling out all the stops!
Livestream from @TheComedyStore starts at 6:30pm with a pre-show hosted by @RonnyChieng and many more surprise guests, right before @ChrisRock takes the stage! pic.twitter.com/787FZT3Mzd
— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) February 27, 2023
And right after the show, David Spade and Dana Carvey tapped in as co-hosts for The Show After the Show. All in all, Selective Outrage provided a platform for the 58-year-old American comedian. And he evidently made the most out of it, dressed in an all-white suit, and a golden cross for the necklace.
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